TIFTON — More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host community wide events to help others in need as part of National FFA Week this week, according to a press release.

The Eighth Street Middle, Northeast and Tift County High FFA chapters will be participating in a number of celebratory events this week such as student trivia contests, agricultural awareness activities, teacher appreciation activities, community service projects, chapter socials and a chili cook-off, the release states.

Members from each FFA chapter will also make public service announcements on the local school news programs and local radio stations. Officers from each chapter will even be featured on the WALB noon show to promote National FFA Week and Agriculture Education.

During National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about the National FFA Organization and the role it plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

The week-long tradition started in 1948. Each year, National FFA Week runs Saturday to Saturday, encompassing President George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday in recognition of Washington’s legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

FFA was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928. Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. Since the founding members the organization has taught generations that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting — it involves science, business and much more.

Today, FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. Members prepare for careers as biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs, the release states.

To learn more about your local FFA and Agricultural Education program, contact one of the Tift County FFA Advisors: Lynne Cook, Heath Cross, Ashlyn Reaves, Beth Golden, Eve Rogers or Brittaney Schwing.

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